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Poster: akb Date: Nov 29, 2003 4:24am
Forum: movies Subject: taking requests for National Archives Motion Picture holdings

I'll be making some regular visits to the National Archives' Motion Picture, Audio and Video facility in College Park, Maryland. I thought since I've benefited so much from the holdings here on the IA that I would offer to take requests from their collection and upload them here.

I'll have to limit the amount of time I put into fulfilling requests to an hour or two per visit. I'm only interested in doing transfers from video, the requestor will have to make all arrangements to ensure that a reference copy is available. I will *not* do research for you for free, I'll submit a request in time for a pull that day, dub it, encode it and upload it. You can do your own research here

http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/basic_search.jsp

though not all of the collection is cataloged online.

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Dec 2, 2003 10:33am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: taking requests for National Archives Motion Picture holdings

Unfortunately many of the reference tapes have visible time code on them, don't they?

Might I suggest looking for "Hemp for Victory," which is often requested by visitors to this site?

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Poster: akb Date: Dec 23, 2003 3:52am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: taking requests for National Archives Motion Picture holdings

The reference copy of "Hemp For Victory" that they had on the shelf was a bad audio transfer, it has a loud hum. I tried knocking it out with an audio editing program but it really compromised the quality. So that was a big waste of time :(

Subsequently, I noticed that HFV is available on DVD, that would probably be the best way of getting a high quality version, assuming they used a decent print and a good job of transferring it. I see that

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005NC4U/002-6846231-8092005?v=glance

has it as an extra, along w/ Reefer Madness (which I'm sure would be another welcome addition to the IA).

Maybe it would be worth attempting an organized effort to put public domain works available on DVD into the IA.

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Poster: akb Date: Dec 3, 2003 4:10am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: taking requests for National Archives Motion Picture holdings

I admit that I'm a new user of the Archives. I've seen some video with time code and some without, I'm not sure why that was the case.

The one you suggested has a reference copy, so I'll check it out on my next trip.

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Poster: dickie dee Date: Jan 15, 2004 4:23am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: taking requests for National Archives Motion Picture holdings

Wow, what an incredibly generous offer! Does it still stand? Might I contact you privately about it?

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Poster: akb Date: Jan 15, 2004 4:49am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: taking requests for National Archives Motion Picture holdings

Sure. I don't have a trip planned for the next few weeks, maybe I'll go in early Feb. akb at indymedia.org

Responding to the other request in the thread, I got Hemp For Victory off of a DVD, its uploaded in full quality to the Open Source Movie section of this site. "Reefer Madness" is uploaded, its working its way through the contribution process.